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Those planning to travel to the fabled island of Bali towards the end of March, please note that the entire island will come to a complete standstill for the Balinese New Year of Nyepi which this year falls on Monday, 31st March 2014.
Two of Indonesia’s prime Island -destinations, Bali and Gili Trawangan (off the northwest coast of Lombok) achieved among the Top 10 Islands-Asia in the Tripadvisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice.
Of all the beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia, Bali is among the most popular, according to survey data from the Bali Tourism office.
The number of tourist arrivals to Indonesia in 2013 hit record high at 8.8 million for the entire year, an upsurge of 9.4% compared to 2012. Whereas, total foreign currency receipts from tourism reached US$ 10.1 billion, up 10% compared to the previous year, confirmed final figures issued by Indonesia’s National Statistics Bureau.
Tanah Lot located in Beraban village, Tabanan regency, 18 kilometer to the west from Denpasar, is the most favorite location in Bali both for the domestic and foreign tourists.
Bali has exceeded its target of attracting 3.1 million foreign tourists last year, as the number of direct foreign tourist arrivals to the island reached 3.27 million.
Bali is seeing an increasing number of foreign tourists visiting areas outside the well-known south, a ministry official said.
Imagine the reaction if Australians died in mysterious circumstances in one of the Pacific islands. It’s a sure bet that marketers selling holiday-makers on their paradise in the tropics northeast of Australia would face an uphill battle, at least in the short term.
A global travel search site, Skyscanner, predict a number of regions in Indonesia, which will begin to be a popular Indonesia tourist destination in 2014.